What is the psychological impact that current global and societal culture drives or affects our human minds? What are our present and future needs for our collective well-being and how can artistic experience become a tool for such purpose? Would we need more healing or therapeutic environments in the future and what art forms or types of engagement would they adopt to suit our present or anticipated culture or psyche? My path as an artist is focused within this area of questioning and creative inquiry.
I was born and raised in India, a land of ancient philosophy and self-inquiry, the significance of which is found in its iconography, rituals and everyday life. In my growing years, I saw the manifestation of this rich culture through geometry and sound, sacred mandalas and Vedic mantras. I was later drawn to inquire deeper into the significance of these geometries and sound as related to nature, earth and cosmos. I realized that these forms and sounds both comprise of patterns of energy movement at the core of their physical structure and significance. I grew inclined to explore this perspective and saw my spirit resonate with this insightful path of inner discovery with my creative musing. I found myself painting my chanting experience, photographing my meditations in nature and writing poetry of my inner expression. I was then led to discover the world of 'expressive arts' that now supports all of my creative dabbling in inter-modal exploration and sparks my inner calling of lending artistic practice to making an impact in the larger world.
CAN ARTISTIC PRACTICE BE COMBINED WITH THERAPEUTIC EXPLORATION IN FINDING NEW IMMERSIVE ART- BASED METHODS THAT BECOME USEFUL TO SOCIETY?